NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A normal water flow at the Nacogdoches Waste Water Facility is around 5 million gallons a day, but when heavy consistent rain enters the picture, that flow come can reach up to 20 million gallons.
"What happens is, when we get these heavy rain falls, our collection system is overwhelmed and the untreated sewage is going straight into the creek," said Water Utilities Supervisor Bart Allen.
Allen said despite the waste water overflow, people and animals in the area are safe.
"It's just such a small amount compared to what's in the creek already and what's going down is diluted, as soon as it gets in," Allen said.
"We're so overwhelmed right now in our collection system, but so are the creeks," Allen said.
In the event of overflow, the water utilities plant turns to the displacement pond, but even after weeks of rain, that pond becomes strained.
"As we speak right now, our lines are full and we can't do anything," Allen said. "So, as our lines go down, we'll start smoke testing again, and try to find out where this infiltration is coming from," Allen said.
Allen stressed this leak is a drop in the bucket, compared to the entire Nacogdoches water flow, and that the measures they are taking are to prevent any future issues for the community.
"We are working on the problem," Allen said. "The state knows we are working on the problem. It has got to quit raining."